MASTERSEAL LP MSLP-5002: MICHELE AUCLAIR, violin 1957 USA OOP NM
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Background on this item -
Michele Auclair, violin:
French violinist Michèle Auclair (born on November 16, 1924) studied at the Paris Conservatoire with Jules Boucherit and Jacques Thibaud from France, and with Russian Boris Kamensky. They all influenced the development of her talent and explains her style of playing with a beautiful technique and above all with a natural passion. In 1943 she won the "Prix Jacques Thibaut Marguerite Long" and in 1945 she was a laureate of the "Concours International de Genève", the Geneva International Competition.

There is mention of a performance by twenty year old Michèle Auclair on Sunday, February 4, 1945, in liberated Paris. She played Mozart's Concerto in G Major K216 with "l'Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire" and conductor Charles Münch. This was her first major appearance in public in a concert hall. In 1948 she also performed with the Concertgebouw Orchestra the Brahms Concerto, again conducted by Charles Münch.

Michèle Auclair came to the USA in 1949 to study with Theodore and Alice Pashkus in New York.

In January 1951 she made her debut for the American audience with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. She played the Tchaikovsky Concerto Op. 35 and this performance (the rehearsal was on January 27) was again conducted by Charles Munch. There exists a recording of this rehearsal without interruption, of course in a more or less loose style, saving the energy for the actual concert performance.

She made recordings which were released on Don Gabor's labels Remington, Masterseal, Masque and in France on the Concerteum label. She also recorded for Philips. Some of these recordings were re-released by Philips on their Fontana and Classette labels. Later she recorded in France for Erato and Discophiles Français.

She was a honorary professor of the Paris Conservatoire, a frequent guest at the faculty of the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo, and often a jury member of mayor competitions.

She also taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston, Massachusetts (1989-2004).

The recorded performance os the Tchaikovsky concerto shows passion and a strong and beautiful tone, not only witnessing Miss Auclair's virtuosity and sensitivity, but also letting us know how important the cooperation is between conductor, soloist and orchestra. Although the technical quality of the recording does not rise above the level of the regular Remingtons (it all depends on the quality of the pressing you obtain), this performance is of a very high standard, not only because of the passionate interpretation, but also because of the inhibited and youthful playing.

According to the Nécropole site it was on June 10th, but newspaper 'Le monde' reported that on Wednesday June 8th, 2005, Michèle Auclair passed away at the age of 80 in Paris. She had been married to composer Antoine Duhamel and later to critic Armand Panigel. After a severe accident she was forced to end a relatively short career as a soloist. In 1969 she became a violin teacher at the 'Conservatoire national supérieur de musique' (CNSM) - National Conservatory of Music - in Paris, a post which she held until 1990, the year of her retirement. The Boston Globe published an obituary stating the importance of Michèle Auclair when she was teaching at the New England Conservatory and remembering the performance of the Tchaikovsky Concerto she gave with the Boston Symphony under the direction of Charles Munch.

The French minister of culture and communications, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, remembered the great violinist "whose renown of international soloist was only equaled by her talent and her immense passion as a pedagogue, a mission which was brought by Michèle Auclair to the highest level for more than twenty years."

MASTERSEAL Records LP item - BLACK record labels with SILVER lettering - see  pictures for detail
Record Made in the USA
Pressing is in MONO
Record Speed: 33 1/3 rpm
Record Made in 1957
Record Catalog Number: MSLP 5002

This listing is for a very rare, out of print LP featuring the music of -

TCHAIKOVSKY / Michele AUCLAIR

Performers on this LP include -
Michele Auclair, violin
Kurt Woess conducting The Viennese Symphonic Orchestra

LP Title -
TCHAIKOVSKY VIOLIN CONCERTO - MICHELE AUCLAIR

Track listings -
1. Tchaikovsky: Concerto in D Major, Op. 35 for Violin and Orchestra

CONDITION Details:
LP JACKET:
The JACKET is in Near Mint minus condition. The jacket is completely intact, with NO seam splits. The jacket shows some light shelf wear - primarily the corners and seams. The jacket has NO drill holes or saw marks of any kind and there is NO hand writing on the front or back of the jacket. See picture with this listing for more detail.

The LP (vinyl) itself:
The LP is in Near Mint minus condition! Considering the age of the record, the vinyl is in great condition - a better copy would be very difficult to locate. The LP does have some light superficial spider marks - these are caused by sliding the LP in and out of the paper record sleeve. The LP has NO significant spindle marks. The record retains much of it's original gloss and sheen. It is a lovely slab of super rare vinyl - in exceptional condition. When play graded on our audio system, the record performed very well, with only some very rare, light noise that did not detract from the performance in any way.

Please understand that this is a vintage LP record - as such, one cannot expect the vinyl to sound like a brand new, audiophile pressing! Some noise is inevitable - for best results, always properly clean your LPs before playing them.

The LP is an audiophile quality pressing (any collector of fine MFSL, half speeds, direct to discs, Japanese/UK pressings etc., can attest to the difference a quality pressing can make to an audio system).

A Short Note About LP GRADING -
Mint {M} = Only used for sealed items.
Near Mint {NM} = Virtually flawless in every way.
Near Mint Minus {NM-} = Item has some minor imperfections, some audible.
Excellent {EXC} = Item obviously played and enjoyed with some noise.
Very Good Plus {VG+} = Many more imperfections which are noticeable and obtrusive.

Don't let this rarity slip by!!!

  • Item #: Masterseal LP MSLP 5002 NM
  • Manufacturer: Masterseal Records
  • Condition: Used

MASTERSEAL LP MSLP-5002: MICHELE AUCLAIR, violin 1957 USA OOP NM

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